The first regularly scheduled late-night entertainment program on television. It was the forerunner of "The tonight show" and was broadcast from 5/29/1950 to 8/24/1951. With Jerry Lester, Milton DeLugg, Dave Street, Dagmar, The Mellolarks, Fletcher Peck, etc. Includes some original commercials
March 28, 2011 Subject:
30 January 1951 (Broadway Open House).
Original air date: 30 January 1951.
Cast: Jerry Lester (Himself - Host/ Performer), Dagmar (Herself/ sketch actor), Milton Delugg (Himself - accordionist/ sketch actor), Joan Lorry (Herself - singer/ sketch actor), Ray Malone (Himself - singer/ sketch actor). The Mello-Larks (Themselves - singers), Fletcher Peck (Himself - pianist/ sketch actor), David Street (Himself - singer/ sketch actor) and Eddie Weinstein (Himself - furrier).
June 20, 2009 Subject:
What a slice of history!
What a fantastic artifact! It’s easy to see the appeal of Jerry Lester, and easy to understand why this show is still so strongly associated with the lore of late night TV, as envisioned and created by Pat Weaver. I enjoyed this entire hour and was fairly amazed at how deftly the entire company handled the rigors of live, no tape delay, no repeat TV, with the most gifted TV performer clearly being the statuesque Dagmar.
June 17, 2009 Subject:
A fascinating piece of history
It's fun seeing anything this old. The faces in the studio audience have long since passed away. The vintage commercials are fun. I am, however, amazed that the people of that era found this kind of show entertaining.